Springboks 27, Pumas 6

The Springboks kick off their campaign against old friends, the Pumas, in Newlands Cape Town.

MATCH DETAILS:

South Africa versus Argentina (14th test)
DHL Newlands
Cape Town, South Africa
Kick off (17:00 local, 15:00 GMT, Sun 19 Aug 03:00 NZT, Sun 19 Aug 01:00 NSW/ACT, 12:00 ARG)
Referee: S. Walsh (ARU)
AR: J. Garces (FFR)
AR: J. Lacey (IRFU)
TMO: J. Meuwsen (SARU)

HEAD TO HEAD:

Played 13: South Africa 13, Argentina 0
Last match: South Africa 63 – 9 Argentina @ Ellis Park, Johannesburg (9 August, 2008)

South Africa record at Newlands: Played 48, Won 32, Lost 14, Drawn 2
South Africa record at home: Played 218, Won 149, Lost 56, Drawn 13

Argentina record at Newlands: DEBUT MATCH
Argentina record away from home: Played 110, Won 42, Lost 66, Drawn 2

Point’s aggregate: South Africa 544, Argentina 272 (42-21)
Tries aggregate: South Africa 70, Argentina 26 (5-2)

RECENT MATCHES:

South Africa 14 – 14 England (3rd test June tour)
South Africa 36 – 27 England (2nd test June tour)
South Africa 22 – 17 England (1st test June tour)
South Africa 9 – 11 Australia (RWC QF)
South Africa 13 – 5 Samoa (RWC Pool)

Argentina 31 – 17 Stade Francais (friendly)
Argentina 21 – 25 Stade Francais (friendly)
Argentina 10 – 49 France (3rd test June tour)
Argentina 23 – 20 France (2nd test June tour)
Argentina 37 – 22 Italy (1st test June tour)

TEAMS:

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7

Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.

Argentina: 15 Lucas González Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernández, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Nicolás Vergallo, 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c), 7 Álvaro Galindo, 6 Julio Farías Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guiñazú, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.

Replacements: 16 Bruno Postiglioni, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Tomás Leonardi, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Martín Rodríguez.

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44 Comments on Springboks 27, Pumas 6

  1. Fark sake… this is the 8th best team in the world and HM and co are creaming their pants with every point…

    Did they watch the blood-bath across the Indian Ocean?

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  2. Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 6:04 pm:

    There was no proclamation… mere experimentation whilst their are injuries…

    Got to love HM on the walkie talkies like he’s a part of a cadet ‘op-fok’ and Victor is listening to his Iphone…

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  3. Tell you what I won’t be so jovial if the Puma’s bring this back within 13 pts…

    Both these teams will get hammered by the Wobblies and AB’s…

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  4. Kirchner had a very good game imo, he doesn’t always seem to get the credit he deserves.

    Good to see Morne Steyn back to his best. The Boks need him to be at his best if we want to win this trophy.

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  5. No bonus point, not a great result at home. I will give the Boks a 6/10 for their performance.

    From a rugby lovers point of view, I am glad the Boks didn’t humiliate Argentina. It will be great for rugby if Argentina can use this tounament to become a real force in world rugby.

    What happened to Bismark? Missed the first 10 minutes of the game.

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  6. Bit disappointed that the Bok onfield leadership failed to realize that the Argies were weakened against the broken play stuff when Hougaard, Mvovo and Habana broke wide or ran from deep.

    Still JDV seemed obsessed with calling plays that saw dumb forwards thunder into what must be complimented as a fine Argie defence that was more than up for Bok physicality and which worryingly coughed up possession in contact with relative ease.

    Jacques Potgieter was good however… defensively and his cleaning out ruck time REALLY helped the Bokke in the latter stages. Pulling Daniel for the physicality of Potrgieter was a good call by the coaching staff. However the failure of onfield leadership to realize Argie defensive frailties from wide and broken deep play is worrying. Clearly De Villiers and his lieutenants were not all that attuned to what was working on attack.

    If the Argies show such weakness they did against Mvovo, Hougaard and Habana against Aus / NZ they are going to get crucified…

    Bryce

    Year in and year out I read people who watch opening games between NZ and Aus claim the Boks will get crushed by both get proved wrong.

    Yet again you make the mistake of measuring Bok capability against these sides by looking at an Aus / NZ game…

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  7. You forget that no Aus side made the play offs of SR on merit…

    The one that did got spanked out at home against a wild card side from SA…

    There were three Aus sides in the bottom half of the table and below 10…

    Just saying…

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  8. Pretty poor really unless they got some thing up their sleeve. Argies play spoiler rugby and can bring your game down to their level.
    If I was a Kiwi I would be strutting like they did last nigh against the Aussies. They are good but are the AB’s show offs.

    It funny to see Walsh nail teams for offenses he “missed” a few weeks ago.

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  9. Reply to DavidS @ 11:57 pm:

    No David… you forget… since our good run in 2009 the Aussies have the wood over the Boks BIG TIME with 6 wins from 7 and what’s more concerning is that it no longer matters whether it’s on the Highveld nor the coast in RSA…

    Last year’s 3N final was brutal… and it will always be the gauge when the world number 2 and world number 1 play each other…

    My point stands… Boks will not beat neither of them with that team that played last night…

    But IMO there was a lot of experimentation… and their will be in the next game too so I’m not that fussed…

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  10. Don’t know Bryce.

    That game between Aus and NZ must be the worst I’ve ever seen them play.

    Sloppy, Poor and Stupid-Stupid, to quote the kiwi commentators.

    The knock-ons, the forward passes, 25+ penalties says it all. The crowd even cheered when they caught the ball. The ABs were gifted about 15 points and yet……yet, with 2 minutes to go the Aussies were inside the 7 point margin.

    I’d say if they keep playing like that they’re going to lose to Argentina.

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  11. I’m a little pissed off at you Bryce.

    When you called that game a bloodbath, I thought it would be worth watching.

    It was not.

    And the blood was from a small cut Beale must have got from slapping his own forehead

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  12. We still have bo plan B, Jean de Villiers does not belive in distribution, twice he took the Argie bacline defence on, whilst Mvovo was open, and twice he got penalised for holding on.

    Keegan Daniel doesn’t seem to have the same impact at international rugby. :boks:

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  13. Reply to Timeo @ 4:15 am:
    Must agree with you here. Not sure which game Bryce watched, but the “bloodbath” I watched was riddled with mistakes, lots of them.

    And it seems in AB and Wallabie rugby the forward pass is now an accepted way of getting the ball from one player to the next.

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